An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





There can be no reconciliation where there is no open warfare. There must be a battle, a brave boisterous battle, with pennants waving and cannon roaring, before there can be peaceful treaties and enthusiastic shaking of hands.


Mary Elizabeth Braddon (1837-1915, British novelist, playwright, editor)


All quiet along the Potomac tonight, no sound save the rush of the river, while soft falls the dew on the face of the dead, the picket's off duty forever.


Ethel Lynn Beers (1827-1879, American poet)


When soldiers have been baptized in the fire of a battle-field, they have all one rank in my eyes.


Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821, French general, emperor)


The advantage of time and place in all practical actions is half a victory; which being lost is irrecoverable.


Sir Francis Drake (c.1540-1596, Elizabethan seaman, born in Crowndale, Devon)


A battle won is a battle which we will not acknowledge to be lost.


Ferdinand Foch (1851-1929, French field marshal)


My center is giving way, my right is in retreat; situation excellent. I shall attack.


Ferdinand Foch (1851-1929, French field marshal)


France has lost a battle. But France has not lost the war.


Charles De Gaulle (1890-1970, French president during World War II)


War consisteth not in battle only, or the act of fighting; but in a tract of time, wherein the will to contend by battle is sufficiently known.


Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679, British philosopher)


Pick battles big enough to matter, but small enough to win.


Jonathan Kozol


No battle is worth fighting except the last one.


John Enoch Powell (1912-1998, British statesman)


In a battle all you need to make you fight is a little hot blood and the knowledge that it's more dangerous to lose than to win.


George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950, Irish-born British dramatist)


After all the field of battle possesses many advantages over the drawing-room. There at least is no room for pretension or excessive ceremony, no shaking of hands or rubbing of noses, which make one doubt your sincerity, but hearty as well as hard hand-play. It at least exhibits one of the faces of humanity, the former only a mask.


Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, American essayist, poet, naturalist)


Dead battles, like dead generals, hold the military mind in their dead grip.


Barbara Tuchman (1912-1989, American historian)


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